After being canceled in 2020, college basketball’s biggest tournament returns to the screens of millions across the United States this week, all chasing the 2021 national championship title. games in a basket
From favorites like Gonzaga and Baylor to Cinderella hopefuls like Abilene Christian University and Appalachia State, 68 schools are entering Thursday with a chance to win it all.
Looking for all the action? Here’s How You Can Watch All Madness 2021 Games Live Online & Round By Round Updates
March Madness 2021 Live TV Schedule, Dates & Stream Updates
|Round||Time, dates||tv channels|
|Selection Show||6 p.m. Sunday March 14||SCS|
|first four||4 p.m. coverage begins Thursday, March 18||truTV, TBS or online streaming|
|First round||12 p.m. coverage begins Friday, March 19
and Saturday March 20
|TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV|
|Second turn||12pm starts Sunday March 21
and Monday March 22
|TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV|
|Sweet 16||2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday March 27 and 1 p.m.
and 7 p.m. on Sunday March 28
|CBS (afternoon games), TBS (prime time games)|
|Elite Eight||7 p.m. beginning on Monday March 29 and 6 p.m.
coverage begins Tuesday, March 30
|CBS (Monday) and TBS (Tuesday)|
|Final square||Games start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 3||SCS|
|National Championship||9 p.m. Monday, April 5||SCS|
How to stream March Madness 2021 games online?
The NCAA Basketball Tournament will air exclusively on TNT, TBS, truTV and CBS, and on supported streaming services such as Hulu LIVE TV, YouTube TV and Fubo TV. To keep up with all the latest games and stories, Click here for live updates and action results.
Preview of the first four games
The NCAA Basketball Tournament kicks off Thursday night with the first four games, as eight schools compete to earn their place in the official bracket of 64 teams vying for a national championship.
The main game of the night could be between UCLA and Michigan State, two power five programs, as they battle for the 11th seed in the East Region at 9:57 p.m. EST on TBS. Before the Spartans and Bruins face off, there are three games earlier in the evening, alternating between truTV and TBS.
Below is the schedule for the first four games of March Madness 2021:
|GAME||TIME (ET)||TV||Online stream|
|Texas Southern vs. Mount St. Mary’s Live||5:10 p.m.||truTV||watch online|
|Drake vs. Wichita State Live||6:27 p.m.||TBS||watch online|
|Appalachian State vs. Norfolk State Live||8:40 p.m.||truTV||watch online|
|UCLA vs. Michigan State Live||9:57 p.m.||TBS||watch online|
First round match preview
The action really resumes in the tournament on Friday, March 19, as the final group of contenders is set, and fans can wrap up more than 10 hours of games starting at 12:15 p.m. EST on CBS between (7) Florida and (10) Virginia Tech in the southern region.
Illinois and Baylor are the two main regional seeds in play on TBS and truTV respectively, and America’s sweetheart from 2018, Loyola Chicago will likely attract a good TV audience on TBS. One of the best matchups of the day might be the 7:10 p.m. EST contest between (8) North Carolina and (9) Wisconsin on CBS. The history of these two programs alone will be a big draw, even for the casual fan.
The first round of the tournament continues on Saturday, March 20 as the first weekend of madness comes to a close, featuring some of the most recognizable programs in college athletics. Oregon, Texas, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, UConn, USC, Kansas and Alabama are just some of the schools marking the day, as the games continue on TNT, CBS , truTV and TBS.
With no tournament last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia is technically the defending NCAA champion, and with a seeded four in this year’s tournament, their contest with (13 ) Ohio University at 7:15 p.m. EST, Saturday on truTV. This carries a lot of weight in the tournament narrative to determine whether there will be a repeat champion or not.
The first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament will conclude with (7) Oregon playing (10) VCU at 9:57 p.m. EST on TNT. All of the winners from the first weekend will advance to the second round, which will be played next Sunday and the following Mondays March 21 and 22 on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.